Finca Adalgisa

Chacras de Coria, Mendoza, Argentina Book from

Reviewed by Clemmy Manzo
A winery and boutique B&B, set among tranquil gardens within easy distance of Mendoza's top vineyards - a friendly base for the Ruta del Vino
All who stay here profess to love it and it’s easy to see why. It’s full of rustic charm and homely warmth - a microcosm of rural Argentina. Set just outside the pretty bistro- and boutique-filled town of Chacras de Coria, 15km from Mendoza, this 2-hectare vineyard has been owned by the same Italian-Argentine family for a century. Third-generation Gabriela decided to open up the family home to guests in 2001 and it's flourished ever since: the stone buildings house cosy rooms, the garden has a beautiful array of fruit trees, there's a sparkling pool and the bodega, added in 2004, produces a delicious Malbec that's only available to guests.

But the best thing about Finca Adalgisa is its ambiance: relaxing, peaceful and welcoming. You can explore Mendoza’s vineyards at a leisurely pace, and in between you'll eat and sleep well. Gabriela and her staff are a delight; you’re greeted on your first night with a cheese platter and a bottle of the bodega's own and asked to treat the place as a home. Curl up on a sofa with a book, take a stroll with the family dogs or cycle through the countryside soaking up the view of the Andes beyond. From 6pm it’s wine tasting time, when guests gather in the salon for fruity Malbec and local tapas - a perfect end to the day.


  • There are lots of lovely touches: fruit and lemonade brought to you at the pool and a bottle of wine as a welcome on your first evening
  • Roaring fires in winter and cooling air conditioning in summer make this a very comfortable place to stay
  • The friendly staff can arrange winery tours, hiking, biking, rafting, riding and even tango shows
  • The wonderful bodega, with huge white sofas and a log fire, is open every evening
  • There's greenery everywhere: step outside to admire the vineyards and palms, while inside you'll find potted plants dotted around the house and old walnut trees growing through rooms
  • The breakfast is excellent and you're and within easy walking distance of good restaurants, shops and bars


  • It's not cheap and the rooms are simple, though attractive
  • Other than breakfast, only light bites are served on site. Luckily, Chacras de Coria has several good options and a 10-minute walk away
  • Local dogs bark in symphony at night; bring your earplugs
  • Some rooms are a little dark; others may hear traffic
  • There are no TVs, DVD players or music systems - but then you've come here to enjoy the countryside
  • Some of the furniture has been passed down through the generations and is slightly tatty as a result

Best time to go

The Argentine spring, summer and autumn (October to May) bring lovely clear weather and are the best times to visit the region. Vendimia (the harvest festival) is one of Mendoza's highlights and normally takes place in March. Finca Adalgisa is closed during the winter months of June and July.

Our top tips

If you're booking a suite ask for the one with a private terrace. There's nothing better than lounging outside in the evening with a glass of wine while watching the sun set behind the Andes in the distance.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 11
  • Restaurants nearby
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Bicycles Available


The rooms and suites are spread between the Old House (the original finca) and the Stone House (built more recently). The rooms in the Old House have more rustic charm but are a little worn in places; those in the Stone House are (we think) of a higher standard and have views over the vineyard.

The décor throughout all rooms is simple but homely. Much of the furniture is antique and there's a sprinkling of finca objets (spurs and lassos), along with tapestries and black and white photographs charting the estate’s history. Beds are queen- or kingsize, made up with colourful bedspreads and adorned with crocheted white cushions. Bright rugs add warmth to the polished wooden floors. Bathrooms are simple but clean and comfortable, with a shower and/or tub.

The Standard Rooms are a decent size (25-30 sq.m) but the Suites have the added advantage of a kitchenette (you’re free to bring your own food and wine with you) and a living/dining area. A couple also have a terrace. All rooms have air conditioning, WiFi, a minibar (in which mineral water is regularly replenished, free of charge) and a safe.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchenette
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


Breakfast is the only meal formally served at Finca Adalgisa and it’s a cracker: fresh juices and fruit, breads and pastries, homemade jams and hot dishes cooked to order (we enjoyed tasty scrambled eggs with crispy pancetta, but you can choose ham and cheese omelettes or poached eggs if you prefer). It's dished up in the Old House, and if the weather's good you can eat outside on the patio.

You'll probably be out and about for lunch (reception can suggest local restaurants), but if you're just relaxing at the finca you can always buy some bread and cheese in the town and eat it in the garden. The Suites have kitchenettes, but they're pretty small; don't expect facilities to cook a proper meal.

From 6pm guests gather in the bodega to enjoy the estate’s Malbec wine. It's a wonderfully cosy space with blazing log fires, plush white sofas, a cane roof and a twisted walnut tree growing through the middle of the room. Tapas is laid on to accompany this (we had tangy goat's cheese, spicy salami and sweet dried fruit) and on your first night this is complimentary. If you return on subsequent nights there's a small charge, but it’s certainly worth it.

Afterwards you'll need to wander into Chacras de Coria for dinner. There are a few good restaurants here, including the Italian trattoria Macerata, whose gnocchi with salmon is exceptional. Our favourite was Patio de Jesús Maria, a wonderful parilla (traditional steakhouse) on the main road into the town which is very popular with the well-to-do locals. On sunny days you can tuck into juicy barbecued meats on its sweeping lawn while children jump around on the bouncy castle nearby. Further afield, Francis Mallman's 1884 restaurant has a fantastic reputation; try the baby goat or salted chicken, which are both renowned in the area. If you don't want to drive, reception can organise a taxi.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Cooking classes
  • Kitchenette
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


  • Head off on a winery tour. You're 18km from Mendoza and 10-15km from some of the area’s best vineyards in Luján de Cuyo and Maipú. The hotel can organise a driver for the day, leaving you free to indulge in tastings

  • Borrow a bicycle and explore the countryside. Beware on the roads though; local drivers are less than cautious

  • Stroll into Chacras de Coria (a pretty little town home to many of Mendoza’s wealthy) to visit its little church, check out the Sunday market held in the square and browse the upscale boutiques

  • Go hiking in the Andes, white water rafting down the Mendoza River or horse riding in the valleys (staff can arrange these activities on request)

  • Join one of the finca’s evening cookery classes (book in advance). You’ll learn how to make Argentine classics such as empanadas and barbecued steaks using the outdoor clay oven, then sit down to taste your culinary delights

  • Take an art class or language lessons - reception can organise these for you

  • Visit the thermal baths of Cacheuta, where Argentines have come to wallow in natural hot springs since the early 20th century

  • Stretch out in the sun, cool off in the pool or snooze in the shade. In cooler months, you can curl up in front of a roaring fire and read a book - the friendly family cat will probably join you

  • Go and see a tango performance at Almacen de Tango in Mendoza. It’s highly recommended

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Art classes
    • Cooking classes
    • Cycling
    • Fishing
    • Golf
    • Hiking
    • Kayaking
    • Language courses
    • Museums / galleries
    • Rafting
    • Shopping / markets
    • Swimming
    • Wine tasting
  • Kids

    Children of all ages are welcome and the kitchenettes in the suites can come in handy for families. Extra beds, cots and babysitting are available on request.

    Family friendly accommodation:

    Cots Available, Extra Beds Available


    Babysitting is available by arrangement.

    Baby equipment:

    Baby cots are available on request.

    Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

    Kid Friendly:

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